Plau­dits for bus com­mit­ment

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

A bus com­pany pro­vid­ing long-time sup­port for East Grampians Health Ser­vice pro­jects and schemes has won com­mu­nity and in­dus­try ac­co­lades for its com­mit­ment.

Chris­tians Bus Com­pany in Ararat has for many years helped the health ser­vice with an­nual money-rais­ing events.

Women at­tend­ing can­cer Breastscreen clin­ics and rid­ers and sup­port crew mem­bers in the health group’s Mur­ray to Moyne Cy­cle Re­lay teams have been ma­jor ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the Chris­tians Bus Com­pany ap­proach.

One of the lat­est ex­am­ples of sup­port in­cluded the trans­port of a group of women from Ararat to Breastscreen in Bal­larat. The bus com­pany pro­vided free trans­port on the day for par­tic­i­pants.

Breastscreen is a free mam­mo­gram ser­vice for women be­tween 50 and 74.

Breastscreen Vic­to­ria health-pro­mo­tion of­fi­cer Marg Lan­nen said the or­gan­i­sa­tion ap­pre­ci­ated the gen­er­ous sup­port of Chris­tians Bus Com­pany.

“Breastscreen also thanks staff at East Grampians Health Ser­vice for their in­valu­able sup­port in co-or­di­nat­ing these ap­point­ments,” she said.

“Pro­vid­ing this ser­vice means more women from the Ararat area can ac­cess po­ten­tially life-sav­ing free breast screens.”

Chris­tians has also pro­vided two buses free of charge to trans­port rid­ers and sup­port crew on the Mur­ray to Moyne Cy­cle Re­lay. This year the East Grampians Mur­ray to Moyne Re­lay project raised $27,900 for the health ser­vice.

Mur­ray to Moyne team cap­tain Alan Young said par­tic­i­pants were ‘very’ grate­ful of the Chris­tians Bus Com­pany sup­port.

“Hav­ing com­fort­able and re­li­able trans­port dur­ing what is a gru­elling ride for our cy­clists means a lot,” he said.

“With­out the sup­port of busi­nesses such as Chris­tians we would not raise the sig­nif­i­cant sums of money for East Grampians Health Ser­vice that we have over the past 20-plus years.

“We are also lucky to have the sup­port of re­tired Chris­tians’ bus driv­ers who vol­un­teer their time to trans­port our teams.”

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